Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"The troubled waters are frozen fast."

From The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shikibu - translated by Kenneth Rexroth:
Lady Murasaki says:

The troubled waters
are frozen fast.
Under clear heaven
moonlight and shadow
ebb and flow.

Answered by Prince Genji:

The memories of long love
gather like drifting snow,
poignant as the mandarin ducks
who float side by side in sleep.
Picture title: Yozakura no shita de chanoyu wo suru mitsūji
Artist: Toyokuni Utagawa, 1786-1865
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (link)

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